Bengaluru: No relief yet from stiff penalties on tax arrears, rue property owners
BENGALURU: Thousands of property owners who had been slapped with heavy fines over their alleged tax arrears are still waiting for BBMP to withdraw the notices issued to them, something, they say, CM Basavaraj Bommai had promised.
With elections less than a month away, they are worried that they will have to go through another round of apprising the new government to get justice. The property owners had allegedly been assessing and paying their taxes online according to the old zonal classification rates since 2016-17 when zones were reclassified. The civic body’s online property tax payment system had not been updated with the new zonal classification rates.
In 2020, the civic body began issuing notices to the property owners that they had to pay not only arrears but also interest on them and penalties. Kiran Srinivas, a resident of Rajajinagar, said he got a notice from BBMP stating he owed them Rs 30,000 and added that even now, arrears and penalties were reflecting against his name on the Palike website although the CM had promised the matter would be resolved.
Bengaluru NavaNirmana Party (BNP) stated that 78,000 property owners in the city were slapped with penalties and interests ranging from tens of thousands to lakhs of rupees.
“We met the CM on March 18 and he said it will be sorted out and connected us to BBMP chief commissioner Tushar Giri Nath. We visited the latter’s office too. Both the CM and the BBMP official committed that in the next few days the issue would be resolved,” said Lalithamba BV, head of campaigns, BNP, who is in touch with the aggrieved citizens.
Srikanth Narasimhan, co-founder and general secretary, BNP, said he did not know what stopped BBMP from publishing a note on its website asking citizens not to worry.
Giri Nath said: “The matter was pending with the government and has not been communicated to us. With the poll code in place, we are not in a position to discuss it further.”